A friendly reminder from your school nurse
Cold and flu season has arrived! As a result, we are seeing more and more students in the health office. Below is Hamden’s Health and St. Rita’s School policy regarding exclusion periods for sick children as well as preventative tips. Please adhere to these guidelines and take notes of the suggested habits. Let’s work together to keep our school community and our homes as healthy as possible.
Please do not send your student to school if he/she has or has had:
1. Fever over 100 F within the last 24 hours (must be fever free without medication)
2. Vomiting or Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
3. Continuous coughing not relieved with cough medicine
4. Strep throat. They may return after being on an antibiotic for 24 hours.
5. Please check with the school nurse or your doctor about other illnesses.
6. Please remember to notify the school nurse or front office if your child has a contagious illness.
7. If your child is sent home from school with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea they can not return to school for 24 hours or until they are symptom free for 24 hours.
Helpful Tips for Staying Healthy
1. Frequent hand washing is the BEST way to prevent and combat the spread of germs! Wash hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer. (
Sing the happy birthday song twice to wash long enough)
2. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use an elbow or arm if no tissue is available.
3. Do not share drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
4. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and drink lots of water and healthy drinks (
soda doesn’t count).
5. Avoid people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
6. Disinfect surfaces that are prone to germs (ex. Phones, keyboards, door knobs, toothbrushes).
7. Get your immunizations like the flu mist or shot.
For more information about the flu visit